questions, which all begin with, 'I think you live a good deal in the country,' or, ' I think you don't love this thing or that.' Oh ! 'tis dreadful I
I'll tell you what is delightful—the Dominichin! My dear Sir, if ever there was a Dominichin, if there was ever an original picture, this is one. I am quite happy; for my father is as much transported with it as I am. It is hung in the gallery, where are all his most capital pictures, and he himself thinks it beats all but the two Guides. That of the Doctors2 and the Octagon3—I don't know if you ever saw them ? What a chain of thought this leads me into 1 but why should I not indulge it? I will flatter myself with your, some time or other, passing a few days here with me. Why must I never expect to see anything but Beefs in a gallery which would not yield even to the Colonna!' If I do not most unlimitedly wish to see you and Mr. Whithed in it this very moment, it is only because I would not take you from our dear Mini/. Adieu! you charming people all. Is not Madam Bosville a Beef?
Yours most sincerely.
129. To HOEACE MANN.
Houghton, August 29, 1743.
You frighten me about the Spaniards entering Tuscany: it is so probable, that I have no hopes against it but in their weakness. If all the accounts of their weakness and desertion are true, it must be easy to repel them. If their march to Florence is to keep pace with Prince Charles's entering Lorraine, it is not yet near: hitherto, he has not found the passage of the Ebine practicable. The French have assembled greater armies to oppose it than was expected. We are marching to assist him: the King goes on with the army.. 2 The Doctors of the Church. * The Adoration of the Shepherds. •